Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hindsight is 20/20

Here I will look back on my Preseason All-Big Ten team and compare it to the actual results.

Offense:
QB: Juice Williams - Illinois
Actual Result: Darryl Clark
This is easily my worst pick. I was really expecting the Illini to bounce back with a 2007ish year. The combination of 4 year starter and a weapon with the talent that Arrelious Benn possesses was just too intriguing. I must have overlooked the fact that this team is coached by the Zooker. Darryl Clark would have been my second choice, however.

RB: Evan Royster - Penn State
RB: John Clay - Wisconsin
Actual Result: Same
'Nuff said. This was a pretty easy projection, and was without a doubt going to be the end result after Jewel Hampton went down with a season ending injury.

OL: Bryan Bulaga - Iowa
OL: Justin Boren - Ohio State
OL: Stefen Wisniewski - Penn State
OL: Joel Foreman - Michigan State
OL: Kyle Calloway - Iowa
Actual Results: Bulaga, Dace Richardson, Wisniewski, Moffitt, and Landolt
I only correctly guessed two of the 5 positions. It was good to see Dace have a huge year after a career plagued with injuries for the Hawkeyes.

TE: Garrett Graham - Wisconsin
Actual Result: Tony Moeaki
Moeaki is easily the most talented TE in the Big Ten, and would have been my choice had you told me he would have an injury-free (for the most part) season.

WR: Arrelious Benn - Illinois
WR: Eric Decker - Minnesota
Decker, Blair White
Benn, like the rest of the Illini, was a major disappointment this year. Blair White had a great year for the Spartans and definitely deserved first team honors.


Defense:
DL: Corey Wooten - Northwestern
DL: Jared Odrick - Penn State
DL: Jammie Kirlew - Indiana
DL: Thaddeus Gibson - Ohio State
Actual: Clayborn, Odrick, Graham, Schofield
This was my second worst projection behind Juice Williams. I am embarassed to not have Adrian Clayborn or Brandon Graham on my preseason list.

LB: Navorro Bowman - Penn State
LB: Pat Angerer - Iowa
LB: Sean Lee - Penn State
Actual: Angerer, Jones, Bowman
I had Sean Lee instead of Greg Jones for MSU. Lee was named second team, while Jones edged him out for first team.

S: Tyler Sash - Iowa
S: Kurt Coleman - Ohio State
CB: Traye Simmons - Minnesota
CB: Amari Spievey - Iowa
Actual: Sash, Spievey, Coleman, Phillips
I got 3 of the 4 defensive backs correct, and I was one of the few who had Sash on his preseason list.

Specialists:
K: Brett Swenson - Michigan State
P: Zoltan Mesko - Michigan
Actual: Mesko, Swenson